Khoi Vihn takes a look at the stock photography offered today, particularly free options like Unsplash and others:
There is good stuff to be had on all of these sites, especially if you are in the market for photos with shallow depth of field, tastefully toned color palettes, and a preponderance of “authentic” visual textures: antique wood, thick glass, weathered brick, and maybe some flannel here and there. And don’t forget the vintage cameras and modern laptops, which are freely mixed together as if they were the most natural pairing in the world.
There are sites like Startup Stock Photos which as Vihn describes, "[everything] looks like it was either shot inside, nearby, or by an employee of a Brooklyn farm-to-table restaurant." I think it's great that we have these options. The photos on Unsplash, which I have used in many of my school projects, are spectacular, but as you can infer from Vihn's tone, these photos have a particular hipster aesthetic that can become limiting if you're looking for something else.